Joy Riding in a Time Machine: Baker's Electric Cars
The rare images of Baker's electric automobiles used in this article came from the actual Baker electric car catalogue published in 1912 and have not been reprinted since the catalogue first became available. The images were sourced from the late Richard Teague's automobile related collections that make up most of the Automotive Research Library, La Mesa, CA.Published in all three editions (East Coast, Central and West Coast) of Antique Week
and The Auction Exchange
weekly newspapers, MidCountry Media, Indiana.
Marilynn Miller: In Search of the Silver Lining
This story emerged when I first saw a magnificent watercolor illustration used to promote a cigarette advertisement published in a popular fashion magazine dated October 1930. The image was rendered in colorful and technically beautiful detail. It portrayed an elderly black man cooing and clapping while a teenaged blonde, dressed in an excessively short skirt, danced for him. Even more suggestive, the pair were hidden away in an old basement in front of an old coal furnace. The caption read, "Marilynn Miller learned to dance with the help of her grandmother's furnace man."
In 1930, this would have been a controversial image. Who was Marilynn Miller? Her legacy was nearly lost until I became fascinated by her story, her lovers, her music and the importance of the classic, custom automobile that shaped her destiny.
Published: Midcountry Media, Indiana. A more extensive work about Marilyn Miller's life is in progress.
In Search of the Rarest Christmas Ornament
When I first suggested this article to my editor, it seemed as though this story would only be a recap of the history behind blown glass Christmas ornament manufacturing in the United States. However, after beginning my research through the Corning Glass Museum, I soon found out that these ornaments were not documented in any records other than what I had found in 1919 Scientific American Magazine
article. Days of fact checking and interviews went into documenting this story, which is still on-going. It appears that the ornaments were made for only a very brief time, and none have been found to date, although everyone is certainly looking since this article was published Christmas 2015.
Published in Michigan History Magazine
as well as for 3 editions (East Coast, Central and West Coast) of Antique Week
and The Auction Exchange
published by MidCountry Media, Indiana.
Early Motoring Apparel
Highly specialized driversí clothing was not only stylish but required to shield the driver and passengers from the splashes, stains, and dirt that would undoubtedly occur while bouncing along in their splendid automobiles. This article contains images that have not been reproduced since they were originally printed nearly a century or more ago.
Moonshine or No, Drinks in Prohibition Era Had a Kick
This article covers the history of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mixed drinks and snacks served during the Prohibition Era through the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment in 1933. Unusual and tasty kitchen-tested recipes included.